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unit 1
20 Instructional days (20 hours)

The Cup of Endurance Runs Over


In this unit, students read Martin Luther King’s “Letter From A Birmingham Jail” alongside three short poems, focusing on how King develops his argument for direct action on civil rights. Students will begin to analyze how central ideas emerge and develop in the letter and determine how King uses rhetoric to advance his point of view and purpose. Poems by Rabindranath Tagore, the first Indian to win a Nobel Prize in 1913, Iranian poet Ahmad Shamlu and Alice Walker offer a counterpoint to King’s work, providing non-US and feminist perspectives on the human rights movement.


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Bilingual Language Progressions

These resources, developed by the New York State Education Department, provide standard-level scaffolding suggestions for English Language Learners (ELLs) to help them meet grade-level demands. Each resource contains scaffolds at multiple levels of language acquisition and describes the linguistic demands of the standards to help ELA teachers as well as ESL/bilingual teachers scaffold content for their English learning students.


From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 10 ELA Module 2, Unit 1. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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